A fluffy, floppy eared, white dog with a square head and short face, is enjoying the sunshine on a wooden bench in the garden. The pooch is smiling which reveals one pearly white tooth peeping out from the bottom lip.

Lhasa Apso

If you’re looking for a loyal, affectionate pal with an independent side, Lhasa Apsos could be the right dog for you. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed, courtesy of the Lhasa Apso owners in our community.

A collage of pictures of Lhasa Apsos. They are all small, fluffy dogs, but their colouring ranges from black to white. Some are solid colours and some have colour patches.

What is a Lhasa Apso?

The Lhasa Apso is a small dog from the utility breed group. Originating from Tibet, the Lhasa’s coat served to protect them from a severe climate. In fact, a Lhasa Apso with its full coat is a sight to behold! Though their coats are easy to keep looking lovely, they do require daily grooming according to The Kennel Club.

How much exercise does a Lhasa Apso need?

Ideally, Lhasa Apsos need about thirty minutes of exercise per day. Your Lhasa will greatly appreciate a daily walk and play time with their favourite toys.

Two small, well groomed dogs are on a sofa. One is cream coloured and the other is grey, black and white

“He is equally happy just relaxing in bed or on a comfy chair (or your lap), playing with his doggy mates or walking anything up to 6-7 miles but, as he only has little legs, he doesn't actually need that much exercise - a quick trip outside to do what's needed is plenty for him, especially if it's raining!“ - Leuan, Owner of Bunsen

What is the temperament of a Lhasa Apso?

Lhasa Apsos are loyal and friendly to those close them, but these pups can be a bit apprehensive when meeting new people. You can be confident that your Lhasa will loyally watch over you and your family. Vet Street explains, “The sturdy Lhasa Apso once lived as a monastery watchdog in Tibet and is still a good watchdog today. Toward strangers, he is suspicious...He is affectionate with family members, but independent enough that he doesn’t need constant attention.”

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“Alfie has got a great little personality - he is full of fun and love but a little bit stubborn!! He loves his walks and a good walk every day keeps him calm. He loves cuddly toys and often carries one about in his mouth. He is great company, loves to snuggle up and have his belly rubbed.” - Alison, Owner of Alfie

Are Lhasa Apsos easy to train?

It can be tricky to train Lhasa Apsos because they are independent dogs with a bit of a stubborn streak. However, it can be done with lots of positive reinforcement - they respond particularly well to treats and praise. According to Your Purebred Puppy, “The Lhasa Apso is a challenge to train. They cannot be forced to do anything, nor will they meekly accept harshness or teasing. Training methods that emphasise food and praise will be met with much more cooperation. Housebreaking may take a while.”

He's a well behaved dog, and every dog we have came across he has been fine with and just wants to play with them.

- Joanne, Owner of Milo

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Claire, Owner of Roary:

He's a very eager lap/sofa companion, he loves a tummy tickle & especially loves being brushed on his tummy (he's hard to groom at times because he just wants to lie on his back & relax whilst you brush!)

Lucy, Owner of Teddy:

He does love socks and always manages to steal them as they go in the wash.

Most Common Lhasa Apso Names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Alfie
  • Poppy
  • Teddy
  • Bailey
  • Charlie
  • Harvey
  • Buddy
  • Archie
  • Oscar
  • Bella

Does your Lhasa Apso pull on the lead when you're out and about? Here's a simple and easy trick to teach them to stop :)

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Lhasa Apsos. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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